Loss of surface coat by Strongyloides ratti infective larvae during skin penetration: evidence using larvae radiolabelled with 67gallium

J Parasitol. 1984 Oct;70(5):689-93.


The optimal conditions for labelling infective larvae of Strongyloides ratti with 67gallium citrate were determined. Radiolabelled larvae were injected s.c. into normal and previously infected rats. The distribution of radioactivity in these animals was compared with that in rats infected subcutaneously with a similar dose of free 67Ga by using a gamma camera linked to a computer system. Whereas free 67Ga was distributed throughout the body and excreted via the hepatobiliary system, the bulk of radioactivity in rats injected with radiolabelled larvae remained at the injection sites. Direct microscopical examination of these sites, however, revealed only minimal numbers of worms. When rats were infected percutaneously with radiolabelled larvae, it was found that most radioactivity remained at the surface, despite penetration of worms. When infective larvae were exposed to CO2 in vitro and examined carefully by light microscopy, loss of an outer coat was observed. It was concluded that infective larvae lose an outer coat on skin penetration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Gallium Radioisotopes
  • Larva / physiology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Skin / physiopathology*
  • Strongyloides / pathogenicity
  • Strongyloides / physiology*
  • Strongyloidiasis / transmission*


  • Gallium Radioisotopes